Jill's Picks


The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Icelandic mystery author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's thriller weaves together two seemingly disparate tales from decades apart. This unconventional story is infused with unexpected twists, engrossing characters and a delightfully shocking, unpredictable ending. The audio narration is wonderful and can be downloaded from My Media Mall. The APP for MyMediaMall is Libby.


Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

There are few times where I say, this book is wonderfully amazing and should be required reading for everyone, but this is one of those few times. This smart, deeply insightful, so, so personal and extremely well-narrated (by the author if you listen to audio, simply fabulous) book illuminates the raw feelings of another person, leaving you to examine your own preconceived notions concerning the bodies of those around you. It's also the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon with the advent of the television show starring Aidy Bryant in March of 2019 on Hulu.


Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Oh, the soothing and clipped flatness of John Darnielle’s voice is music to my Midwestern ears. Author Darnielle is a stellar audiobook narrator, adding the emphasis that he first heard in his head while writing the novel. He’s also one of the few narrators that doesn’t add inflection for varying characters and somehow it works just perfectly. Universal Harvester begins with one of our main characters working in a video store during the 1990s and hesitantly investigates the strange occurrence of several videos being returned containing suspicious, somewhat macabre imagery. Darnielle crates a slow, spreading suspense that at times shocks but is never gratuitous or banal. Recommended by Jill.


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